By Jonathan Vargas and Claudia Guzmán
This article was translated by Oscar Gómez
Choose the one that fulfill your requirements. The most recommendable measures are 8×42, 10×42 or 10×50.
2) Bird field guides
Choose the guide that covers the region where you live or want to watch birds, preferably that includes distribution maps. Apps like Merlin and eBird will help you to identify birds.
3) Parts of a bird
It is important you know the parts of a bird, it will help you to understand the information in the bird field guides and to describe what you observe.
Avoid bright colors and wear neutral colored clothing (gray, brown, dried green), use suitable footwear to walk on all types of terrain.
5) Be aware of time and weather conditions
You will have a better chance to watch birds in the morning. Birds are generally more active in the morning or at dusk.
6) Bird characteristics (size, shape, and color)
The more you learn about its characteristics, the easier it will be to know what you are observing.
Some birds are easily to recognize by their behavior. You can ask yourself these questions: is the bird alone or in a group? Is it flying, walking, perching, or swimming? What is it eating?
The songs of birds can help you to find and identify them.